The Speech House Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This hotel is in rural Gloucestershire, in one of England's oldest oak forests
  • The Orangery serves traditional pub food and there's also a formal restaurant
  • It's five miles from the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 13 miles from the famous Tintern Abbey ruins 
  • Symonds Yat Rock, where you can take in views of the River Wye from 120 metres up, is 20 minutes' drive

Enjoyed This
(298 Member Ratings)
"The team working there were friendly, helpful also the food was excellent and value for money. Could also not fault our room it was very clean and comfortable, we went there when it was very cold and they where more than willing to turn up the heating in the restaurant where we ate."
Dec 01, 2017
Ammanford, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is 15 minutes' drive from the A48. The nearest railway station is Lydney, which is 15 minutes' drive away and costs £18-£20 each way in a taxi. Lydney has services to Cardiff, Cheltenham and London via Gloucester. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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With wall-mounted stag heads, oak-beamed ceilings and a weathered yellow-stone exterior, The Speech House Hotel's origin as a hunting lodge for King Charles II is clear throughout.

It's set in the middle of the Forest of Dean, which is said to have inspired JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth. The forest also featured in "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows", and it borders the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Symonds Yat Rock, which has views of the River Wye from 120 metres up and is popular with hikers and birdwatchers, is 20 minutes' drive.

Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre, where you can hire kayaks and Canadian canoes for a paddle on the River Wye, and Goodrich Castle, a ruinous Norman castle, are also around 20 minutes' drive away.

Tintern Abbey -- the inspiration for Wordsworth's famous poem -- is 25 minutes' drive. The Dean Forest Railway operates steam and diesel trains from Lydney to Parkend; Norchard station, which also has a museum, is around 10 minutes' drive.

Kymin Hill, which features a charming 18th-century round house and naval temple overlooking Monmouth and the Wye Valley, is 25 minutes' drive away.

The Orangery and bar serves light lunches, fresh coffee and traditional pub food. The restaurant has been a court for the local Verderers (who meet four times a year to discuss the protection of the forest) since 1696, and it serves an à la carte menu and homemade desserts. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Courtyard rooms are in external buildings behind the main house.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.
The total price will reflect the extra charges based on the number of guests selected.

Pets: Dogs are allowed in limited ground floor rooms only (within Standard Courtyard or Cottage categories) and are charged at £10 per night. Please contact the hotel before booking to confirm the availability. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(298 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The team working there were friendly, helpful also the food was excellent and value for money. Could also not fault our room it was very clean and comfortable, we went there when it was very cold and they where more than willing to turn up the heating in the restaurant where we ate.
Other Comments
One team member Rob made our stay more enjoyable he is a valuable member of the team
Alison Dec 01, 2017 Ammanford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Four poster room, was a welcome treat, food was very good .What can you say about breakfast but excellent full English ordered fresh came on hot plates so the food was extremely hot what atreat.
Other Comments
On arrival, we were originally booked in room 10 up two flight of stirs, my wife is disabled on a motorised scooter the hotel booked into the four poster bed room which was a level room allowing access for the scooter although not in the ain house it was 2 minutes from the main facilities in the main house. I can only thank the receptionist on duty when we arrived could not have helped as much as she did.
Paul Nov 29, 2017 TredegarTREDEGAR, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly staff
Other Comments
Well appointed, comfortable room. Lovely food. Convenient for Gloucester and surrounding area.
Lorraine Nov 27, 2017 Honiton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely ambiance. Friendly staff.
Other Comments
This was our first visit to the Speech House since 1976 when we went there on out=r honeymoon! Nive to rekindle some old memories.
Phil Nov 26, 2017 Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Warm comfortable room. Excellent breakfasts.
Other Comments
Extremely creaky floorboards in room.
Vivien Nov 29, 2017 Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Wonderful experiance
Nov 27, 2017 Walsall, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The waiter in the Orangery
Neil Nov 20, 2017 Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were very pleasant, room was comfortable with good bathroom. Ideally located to have excellent walks in the forest if thats your thing, or trip to the Brecon Beacons. Just a relaxed pleasant place to chill out, breakfast to in old Court Room was extremely good.
Other Comments
Drinks at the bar were good value too, that's why the bar was busy unlike some more expensive bars.
Robert Mark Nov 13, 2017 Guildford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location and fantastic history
Roy Nov 12, 2017 Narberth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The peaceful location
Other Comments
Lovely food excellent staff very clean and comfortable room
Elie Nov 13, 2017 Dudley, United Kingdom

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